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Attachments December 2015 I love you, book Sidenote After my first re read, this may not be my favorite Rainbow Rowell book any I still love it beyond reason, but I think she s just matured so much as an author, Carry On or Fangirl might overtake it when I get to them I guess we ll see February 2013 Falling in love with a book is exactly like falling in love with a person In both cases, most of the time you just can t help yourself, and what happens during the falling is almost entirely out of December 2015 I love you, book Sidenote After my first re read, this may not be my favorite Rainbow Rowell book any I still love it beyond reason, but I think she s just matured so much as an author, Carry On or Fangirl might overtake it when I get to them I guess we ll see February 2013 Falling in love with a book is exactly like falling in love with a person In both cases, most of the time you just can t help yourself, and what happens during the falling is almost entirely out of your control This is an especially appropriate metaphor to be making when talking about Rainbow Rowell s delightful little book, Attachments, which is about a man falling in love in a very inappropriate way This is what I wrote on Goodreads approximately one minute and thirty one seconds after finishing the last page at 2 AM on Saturday night FUCKING HELL, MAN Why is this soGUHand it s the middle of the night and I M SO ALONE I believe that sentence and my five star rating should speak for itself, but I would like to elaborate anyway because when you fall in love with something you want to tell everybody about it as loudly and in as many ways as possible Attachments takes place in 1999, just before the turn of the millennium and all the madness of Y2K remember Y2K It was like practice for the Mayan apocalypse Twenty eight year old perpetual student Lincoln is fresh off his latest graduate degree and is stuck in a rut in basically every area of his life he lives with his mother, he has no foreseeable career objectives he can t even figure out what it is that he might be good at , he has no social life to speak of excepting Saturday night games of DD with his lifelong friends, and he hasn t even attempted a romantic relationship since his heart was smashed into pieces eight years before by the girl he thought he d be with forever.As the novel opens, Lincoln has just taken a job in a Nebraska newspaper s IT department where he is in charge of the newly developed email security program that monitors employee s email accounts for inappropriate usage It s a bit of a creepy job reading other people s emails and sending them warnings, not to mention tedious and boring, but it s at least a job He spends most of his time reading books and doing other non work related activities That is, until he accidentally becomes wrapped up in the correspondence of two employees, film critic Beth and copyeditor Jennifer, who are smart and funny and who little by little begin treating their work email accounts as a personal chat service After about the fourth or fifth flagged conversation, Lincoln realizes it s too late to send them a warning and with not a little guilt begins looking forward to each flagged email, especially when it becomes clear to him that not only is he developing feelings for Beth, but she has a little crush on him as well The only problem is, if he wants to be with her, how can he do so knowing that he s just spent a ridiculous amount of time violating her personal privacy The novel is a mix between Lincoln s 3rd person POV and a delightful modern epistolary confection consisting of Jennifer and Beth s increasingly personal emails to one another Jennifer and Beth are immediately very likeable Their conversations with one another are funny and warm and occasionally sort of surprisingly heart rending That they were so likeable is key, because the novel wouldn t have worked if we as readers were not able to overcome the basic creepiness of Lincoln s actions We want Lincoln to keep reading about Jennifer and Beth because WE want to keep reading about Jennifer and Beth His actions as Rowell writes them, while a bit icky, are also completely understandable There s also the fact that Lincoln himself is a wonderful character, and I quickly found myself wishing he was real because I have been looking for him all my life But it s not only that he s likeable His struggles as an aimless and confused young adult unsure of what he wanted to do with himself was one I could relate to in very specific ways The sharp wit of Rowell s dialogue and prose doesn t hurt, either This was also the perfect time period to set this book The transition from tradition to technology at the newspaper echoes Lincoln s own stumbling transition to adulthood.This is probably not a book many other readers will give five stars to, but it hit all of my personal buttons in all the right ways Like, to the point where I was all, Rainbow Rowell, either get out of my head or be my best friend But even if you don t fall crazy in love and over identify with it like I did, it s still worth checking out as the perfect example of this kind of romancey, character driven novel It s well written, funny, has great characters, and is overall a super fun read If you like good romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally and Love, Actually, just imagine that this is like a book version of that and you ll have a pretty good idea I am now eagerly anticipating the two books Rainbow Rowell is publishing later this year My office s IT support guy has a blonde ponytail and once serenaded me with an Enrique Iglesias song while I was stuck at the copy machine waiting for a fax to go through He was INTO IT He was acting like it was some deep, deep rock anthem that TOUCHED HIS SOUL Air acoustic guitar was involved I did what any normal person would do studiously avoided eye contact and went directly back to my desk to email my work best friend about it.Actual email excerpt Me I just got I will be your hero, My office s IT support guy has a blonde ponytail and once serenaded me with an Enrique Iglesias song while I was stuck at the copy machine waiting for a fax to go through He was INTO IT He was acting like it was some deep, deep rock anthem that TOUCHED HIS SOUL Air acoustic guitar was involved I did what any normal person would do studiously avoided eye contact and went directly back to my desk to email my work best friend about it.Actual email excerpt Me I just got I will be your hero, baby ed by tech support Friend I m pretty sure HR frowns on that.Me I m pretty sure they frown on any mention of trembling.Friend But do they know what it feels like loving someone that s in a rush to throw them away Me Do they know Do they know Do they know Do they And then we watched this video ten times and laughed until we forgot how much our jobs suck Ahem ANYWAYS As you might guess, I thought this book was so freaking charming It s based in the late 90s and told from the perspective of Lincoln, who starts off the book leading a pretty pathetic, lonely existence He has no social interaction that doesn t involve his mother or Dungeons and Dragons He left a majority of his self esteem sprinkled across the countryside on the long just been dumped by the love of his life bus ride home from college He works the IT security night shift at the local newspaper, has no social skills and basically walks around in a beige, directionless haze But then, Beth and Jennifer s email chains get flagged in his security filters and Lincoln is immediately drawn to their infectious personalities They are lively and funny and Lincoln is charmed Instead of sending them a warning letter as dictated by company policy, Lincoln continues to read the emails and quickly becomes invested in their lives, unable to resist the bright spot they create in his otherwise tedious, mind numbingly boring job Things get evencomplicated when he finds himself falling for Beth Of course this is a huge invasion of privacy, but never underestimate the potential for trouble making and bad decisions with hours of bored free time in an unfulfilling job Just scrolling through my sent box in my email I see subject lines of My Cubicle is Draining My Life Force , Data Entry Totally Worth All of That Student Loan Debt , Is Liking Three Songs in a Row on the Lite Rock Less Talk Station a Sign of Stockholm Syndrome so I definitely empathized with some of Lincoln s life and job frustrations But my favorite part of this book by far besides the swoonage of course was Beth and Jennifer s relationship I couldn t blame Lincoln for being so charmed I was charmed They were awesome and a perfect representation of the wonderfulness of BFFs I loved them Oh, and I realized if I had a mysteriously hot guy in my office that unbeknownst to me could read my emails, he d have enough for a restraining order within the week I admire Beth and Jennifer s restraint In closing this book is so cute It gave me a happy buzz the whole way through Thank you Maggie for steering me to it And for always emailing me back D CONTAINS SPOILERSThis book would have been sooo much better if not for the pathetic characters Meet Lincoln A 29 year old nerd who has multiple degrees, lives with his mom, plays dungeons and dragons on the weekend, is cripplingly awkward and hasn t been able to get over his high school sweetheart breakup for the past NINE years BUT WAIT LINCOLN ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE THIS Ya I don t get it either Lincoln works as an internet cop He snoops through people s emails and web histories,CONTAINS SPOILERSThis book would have been sooo much better if not for the pathetic characters Meet Lincoln A 29 year old nerd who has multiple degrees, lives with his mom, plays dungeons and dragons on the weekend, is cripplingly awkward and hasn t been able to get over his high school sweetheart breakup for the past NINE years BUT WAIT LINCOLN ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE THIS Ya I don t get it either Lincoln works as an internet cop He snoops through people s emails and web histories, to make sure no one is slacking off during work welcome to the 90 s.Obviously, this is not the funnest job in the world which is how Lincoln ends up amusing himself by reading the explicit emails between coworkers and friends, Beth Jennifer.Jennifer is infinitely terrified of getting pregnant, yet she possibly wants to since Mitch, her husband, wants a baby When she finally does get pregnant she whines about it all the time but you can tell deep down she s happy It s like the girl that complains all the time about this one guy who keeps flirting with her although she will encourage him and is enjoying the attention Just shut up and stop being bitter and lying to yourself Beth on the other hand, has been dating an intense and flaky musician for the past 9 years She s dying to get married and have kids However, Chris, the B.F is not interested Que somefemale whining Lincoln falls for Beth through the emails she sends to Jen, although he s never met her We follow the characters through their pathetic lives and how they all get over themselves, grow some balls and make life changing decisions finally It s a cute idea which was executed poorly in my opinion The characters did not have to be disgustingly weak I did enjoy Beth and Jen s emails They were witty and amusing I also admire the author s decision of attempting a Chick Lit from a man s POV We have countless of Chick Lit s starring pathetic females In this one we have a pathetic male instead Interesting, yet not fulfilling Brilliant I loved everything about it, definitely a new favorite 3 I AM GUSHING FROM THE CUTENESS This was such a good book It s one of those books that just makes you feel ridiculously happy I m glad that booksplosion chose it as the book of the month for May This romance contemporary was creepy Not cute It felt like I was reading YA, not Adult and it was literally one step away from You by Caroline Kepnes The main character is basically described as a loser He s 28, plays DD, has no social skills, lives with his mom and has never gotten over his high school sweetheart BUT WAIT he s actually tall, muscular, hot and has multiple degrees Right.I honestly don t understand the hype With a few changes it could have easily been a thrille This romance contemporary was creepy Not cute It felt like I was reading YA, not Adult and it was literally one step away from You by Caroline Kepnes The main character is basically described as a loser He s 28, plays DD, has no social skills, lives with his mom and has never gotten over his high school sweetheart BUT WAIT he s actually tall, muscular, hot and has multiple degrees Right.I honestly don t understand the hype With a few changes it could have easily been a thriller horror book Finally Twenty days and seventeen books into 2012 and I ve finally, finally found something I can honestly say I loved I knew it was going to be good from the very first chapter which I promptly read to my mother while we both laughed Giving it five stars might be a bit much, but I can t help it This was funny, engaging, sweet, and,importantly, smart None of the characters were perfect, but they were written so realistically that their flaws added to their appeal It felt like readi Finally Twenty days and seventeen books into 2012 and I ve finally, finally found something I can honestly say I loved I knew it was going to be good from the very first chapter which I promptly read to my mother while we both laughed Giving it five stars might be a bit much, but I can t help it This was funny, engaging, sweet, and,importantly, smart None of the characters were perfect, but they were written so realistically that their flaws added to their appeal It felt like reading about real people, not the cliche s of people one normally gets in a piece of modern fiction The premise is pretty basic Lincoln is a shy and socially awkward individual who never quite got over the heartbreak caused by his high school sweetheart Having recently moved back to his hometown and back into his overindulgent mother s house , he gets an IT security job at the local paper His job involves reading through flagged email and sending out warnings to anyone in the office who breaks company rules regarding internet use When he starts getting flagged emails between Beth and Jennifer, he knows he should send them a warning and move on, but he can t seem to bring himself to do it Before he knows it, he s read so many of their conversations that he feels like a total creep, but he still can t bring himself to stop It s when he begins to fall for Beth, however, that Lincoln s torture truly begins Told from a third person perspective with Lincoln at center stage, we only get to know Beth and Jennifer through their emails to each other While this is often a difficult method for an author to use to truly portray a character especially since people only project a certain amount of themselves to others, especially through emails , Rainbow Rowell managed to really make it work I felt like I really got to know Beth and Jennifer through their emails, and for the first time in too long, I can actually understand why the male protagonist fell in love with the female Beth and Jennifer are genuinely good people, devoted friends, and beautifully flawed individuals We see Jennifer s fears about becoming a mother are caused by her rocky relationship with her own mother We see Beth s ignorance regarding the myriad ways love can manifest and exist We see Lincoln s insecurities unfold as he attempts to struggle out from beneath his mother s apron and live his own life While the underlying theme is romance, the story also focuses on family, friends, and personal growth I know this makes Attachments sound paralyzingly dull, so you ll just have to trust me when I say it s really quite funny It s probably the funniest book I ve read in the last few years I understand it s probably not for everyone The pop culture quotes and nerdly references to things like Dungeons Dragons and The Lord of the Rings might put some readers off, but they were right up my alley I read the entire book in one sitting, neither needing nor wanting a break I can t wait to readfrom Rainbow Rowell Hi, I M The Guy Who Reads Your E Mail, And Also, I Love You Beth Fremont And Jennifer Scribner Snyder Know That Somebody Is Monitoring Their Work E Mail Everybody In The Newsroom Knows It S Company Policy But They Can T Quite Bring Themselves To Take It Seriously They Go On Sending Each Other Endless And Endlessly Hilarious E Mails, Discussing Every Aspect Of Their Personal LivesMeanwhile, Lincoln O Neill Can T Believe This Is His Job Now Reading Other People S E Mail When He Applied To Be Internet Security Officer, He Pictured Himself Building Firewalls And Crushing Hackers Not Writing Up A Report Every Time A Sports Reporter Forwards A Dirty JokeWhen Lincoln Comes Across Beth S And Jennifer S Messages, He Knows He Should Turn Them In But He Can T Help Being Entertained And Captivated By Their StoriesBy The Time Lincoln Realizes He S Falling For Beth, It S Way Too Late To Introduce HimselfWhat Would He Say All of Rainbow Rowell s books are adorable and amazing and funny and this is no exception I think Fangirl is still my favorite of her books, but I loved Attachments a little bitthan EP VERY EXCITED FOR LANDLINE


About the Author: Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books Sometimes she writes about adults ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE Sometimes she writes about teenagers ELEANOR PARK and FANGIRL But she always writes about people who talk a lot And people who feel like they re screwing up And people who fall in love.When she s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that Rainbow Rowell writes books Sometimes she writes about adults ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE Sometimes she writes about teenagers ELEANOR PARK and FANGIRL But she always writes about people who talk a lot And people who feel like they re screwing up And people who fall in love.When she s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don t really matter in the big scheme of things.She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.More at rainbowrowell.com


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